Women are not only victims of bladder infections; symptoms of a bladder infection in men are also possible. It is important to visit your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of a bladder infection, or cystitis. Bladder infections are more commonly associated with women; in fact, one in five women will have a bladder infection within their lifetime. Because men have longer urethras, the bacteria that causes the infection typically does not reach the bladder. There are several symptoms to look out for if you’re worried you may have cystitis.
Frequency of Urination. One major symptom of a bladder infection is urinating several times a day, or more than usual. This is also accompanied by the feeling that you need to pee more than the usual amount you would per day. This feeling is typically urgent and makes for an embarrassing situation if there are no toilets around. If you feel pressure on your bladder to urinate often or have been urinating excessively, you may have a bladder infection.
Burning. Tingling or burning while peeing is never a good sign. It is also a symptom of a bladder infection and is referred to as dysuria. You will feel a painful burning while urinating or just after urinating. Some men experience an unpleasant tingling sensation during or after urination. Painful urination is a main symptom of cystitis.
Blood in Urine. If its vital to visit a doctor when your urethra burns after urination, what do you think you should do if you find blood in your urine? Yes; a visit to the doctor should be in your immediate future. Blood in the urine, or hematuria, is a symptom of a bladder infection, but could also be a symptom of something more serious such as a sexually transmitted disease. That is why it is very important that you visit a doctor promptly to receive a diagnosis.
Cloudy Urine and Fever. If your urine doesn’t run translucent, you may be experiencing symptoms of a bladder infection. Typically, cloudy urine caused by cystitis will also have a very strong odor. Any of these symptoms may also be accompanied by a low fever.
Penile Discharge. Urethritis, which is caused by a bladder infection, can often lead to pus in the urine or penile discharge. Again, discharge from the penis may be a cystitis, but it could also be something more serious like a kidney infection or STD.
Causes. There are a few different causes of bladder infections in men. A couple of possibilities are the enlargement of the prostate or kidney stones. One other cause, urethral stricture, can occur after surgery or after being attached to a catheter. This is when the urethra begins to abnormally tighten. It is extremely important to get a prescription from a doctor for antibiotics, as a bladder infection left untreated can spread throughout your body and even be fatal.
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